Book Review // The Vatican Games*


I’m excited to be a part of today’s blog book tour. Today, I am reviewing The Vatican Games by Alejandra Guibert – on the twelfth and final day of the blog book tour hosted by Faye Rogers. It’s been a little while since my last blog book tour, nearly six months to be exact but I’m glad to be back on the reading front. There should be just a few book reviews coming to An Ocean Glimmer in the next couple of months.

Before we start my review and what I thought, let’s read the book bio for background context.

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The Vatican Games? Let me tell you a little bit about it;

Vera is born on the day an apocalyptic revenge is unleashed, annihilating half of the world’s population. Her birth marks the beginning of a new world order run by powerful gaming corporations. A warless existence with no poverty has been secured until this fine balance becomes once more under threat. Vera is the female David to beat Goliath and prevent further devastation. The future lies in her hands. It’s a game that she needs to win.

From the moment I read the title and book bio, I knew I would love this book and I was correct! It’s a little different to what I would normally read but I’m very glad I started and finished this book. For me, the most interesting aspect of the book was the primary location, The Vatican City. The book also brought back memories of visiting when I went to Italy a few years back. What was also interesting was not only the digital age aspect but also the backstory on Vera – I found it to be cleverly woven.

Yes, this book is aimed at YA fiction, but I still enjoyed it – I think there’s still a part of me that loves a good YA fiction! There are so many amazing aspects of this book that all combine to make a brilliant book. The path that Alejandra took me on throughout was amazing! It highlighted how good she is as a writer and how she can provide readers with time to let their imagination take on a journey through a fantasy life. This is my main love for a book, let’s you escape to a different world.

I don’t want to spoil too much of the story as I want you to experience it for yourself! All I can say is the apocalypse storyline, along with the relationships between the characters, make this an amazing book.

How about a little about the author, Alejandra Guibert;

I have been writing since a young age and graduated in 1981 as a literary translator. I travelled to Spain following graduation and worked as a translator from 1985 to 1989, mainly for Spanish newspaper El País. I joined theatre company Arte Livre in 1987 and was on tour for three years with the play Olhares de Perfil (Sideways Glance) as a co-writer. The play won a Special Fringe First Award in Edinburgh Festival in 1988 and took part in international theatre festivals throughout Europe.

I moved to London in 1989 and produced and directed three documentaries with First Take before dedicating time to writing prose, whilst working as a translator. I have written for both theatre and film, and my works include both prose and poetry. In 1999, I specialized in subtitling and worked as a subtitler for more than ten years. Since 2008, I have been working solely on literary work. The dystopian novel The Vatican Games is my fourth book of fiction and the first in English.

You can follow Alejandra Guibert on TwitterInstagram
as well as her official website.

There are a lot of bloggers on the book blog tour so I would love for you to check out their reviews! You can do this by following Faye on Twitter, as she will be retweeting the reviews. As well as clicking through the links below in the Blog Tour Schedule, there is a range of reviews and excerpts to check out:

Monday 27 January
Befuddled Bookish

Tuesday 28 January
Luna’s Little Library

Wednesday 29 January
Niffler Reads

Friday 31 January
Book Read 2 Day

Saturday 1 February
Books and Cwtches

Sunday 2 February
Jazzy Book Reviews

Monday 3 February
Tome Tender

Tuesday 4 February
A Daydreamer’s Thoughts

Wednesday 5 February

Thursday 6 February
Big Book Little Book

Friday 7 February
Donna’s Book Blog

Please give some love to Alejandra Guibert and if you can not wait any longer to read it for yourself, you can buy The Vatican Games to read in Ebook (Kindle Format) or Paperback from Amazon. You can also find it on Goodreads now!

I hope you have enjoyed this little review! I highly recommend The Vatican Games.

Also, make sure to follow me on my blog (in the sidebar) and don’t forget to follow me on Bloglovin’FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

Love Gemma x

*Thank you Authoright for hosting The Vatican Games Blog Tour. The eBook was kindly sent to me for free, in return for an honest review. The featured image was sent to me in the Media Pack, for more information please see my About Page.


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